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Asheville’s Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Weekend will mark its 24th year with a four-day anniversary Jan. 14-17. As in accomplished years, the highlight will be the anniversary adoration breakfast at the Grove Park Inn on Saay.
The breakfast bright about draws some 1,100 ociation members; this year’s affair is “Securing Our Future: A Association Commitment,” and the keynote apostle is Emmy-winning ABC Account anchorman Michel Martin. She spent added than a decade accoutrement backroom and action for The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post afore abutting the arrangement in 1992, breadth her primary appointment is with the account appearance Nightline.
“We anion it would be actual able and applicable to allure Michel Martin because of her all-encomping accomplishments in accoutrement behavior and politics,” says Oralene Simmons, who chairs the planning board for the breakfast.
“We apprehend that we accept aloof adopted our nation’s leaders, and at this time we are complex in a war,” she notes. “And in ceretion about Martin Luther King’s statement, ‘Wver affects one directly, affects all indirectly,’ we hoped she would accompany a able bulletin … that would be benign to us, not aloof this year but in years to come.”
Simmons additionally chairs the nonprofit Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County, which now sponsors the event. She was additionally the afflatus abaft the actual aboriginal bounded adoration breakfast — captivated at the Montford Association Center, breadth Simmons was administrator (her employer, Asheville Parks and Recreation, sponsored the breakfast for the aboriginal 20 years).
In North Carolina, adoration breakfasts accept become one of the best accepted means to bless King’s heritage. Alone the Raleigh/Chapel Hill area, says Simmons, has been hosting such an anniversary acquisition as continued as Asheville. Breakfasts are additionally captivated in Haywood County (15 years), Charlotte (11 years), Yanceyville, Durham, Greensboro, Mooresville and Rocky Mount. This year, parades, agreeable concerts, bombastic compeions and canicule of account are additionally planned for King Anniversary celetions about the state.
“I ane it was our fifth year of adulatory [in Asheville] that it became a federal and burghal anniversary for us,” recalls Simmons. And contest are actuality planned throughout this year, she notes, arch up to the quarter-century anniversary on Jan. 25, 2006.
The complete agenda for Asheville-Buncombe County’s Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Weekend activities is as follows:
• Friday, Jan. 14: MLK Youth Celetion, 4 p.m., Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place. MLK Youth Awards Celetion, 7 p.m., YMI Cultural Center (both contest are free).
• Saay, Jan. 15: 24th Anniversary Asheville-Buncombe County King Birthday Adoration Breakfast, 8:30 a.m., Grove Park Inn & Spa ($18).
• Monday, Jan. 17: MLK Peace Walk, St. James A.M.E. Church, starting at apex at the bend of Martin Luther King Boulevard and College Street in Asheville (free). MLK Candlelight Account & Awards Ceremony, 6 p.m., Nazareth Aboriginal Baptist Church, 146 Pine St. in Asheville (free).
For added admonition on bounded activities, alarm 281-1624 or 777-0284, or appointment the this Web site: www.martinlutherkingofashevillebuncombeco.org/index2.html. To apprentice added about statewide activities, appointment this Web site: www.king-raleigh.org/links/body.cfm.
— Nelda Holder
“The affair that addled me the best was how little bodies apperceive about ovarian blight and how bodies don’t allocution about it,” says Howard Molton, whose sister-in-law Connie is advancing the disease.
Molton is allowance adapt Ribbons for Hope, an ovarian-cancer-awareness account slated for Saay, Jan. 15, 7 p.m. in the Hendersonville High Academy amphitheater (311 Eighth Ave. West). The aggregate array show/silent auction/educational accident will accession funds for ovarian-cancer ysis and accommodate banking abutment for Connie and her family.
Entertainment will be provided by applesauce guitarist Marc Yaxley, Pat’s Academy of Dance, the Hendersonville High Academy Applesauce Band, accompanist Molly Penny, the bandage JMS, the Filthy Rags Contemporary Christian Bandage and cheat Ruth Challand. Between sets, Dr. David Ellis and several ovarian-cancer survivors will allege about the ache and early-detection measures.
The evening, sponsored by Carolina Aboriginal and Skyland Arts Cinema, will additionally accommodate a bashful bargain of items donated by bounded businesses. Tickets ($5 students, $10 accepted admission, $25 aloof bat and $100 aculated sponsorship) can be purchased at Hendersonville High School, Skyland Arts Cinema or at the door.
The statistics on ovarian blight are sobering indeed. In 2002, 23,300 bodies in the United States were diagnosed with ovarian cancer, according to the American Blight Society, compared to about 205,000 diagnosed with t cancer. But admitting 80 percent of women diagnosed with t blight will survive bristles years or more, alone bisected the women diagnosed with ovarian blight will ability that aforementioned milestone.
One aen is that the affection of ovarian blight are so balmy that alone 25 percent of cases are diagnosed in the ancient (and best treatable) stages. In Connie’s case, Molton explains, she was advised for four months for a float infection afore she was appropriately diagnosed, and alike again it was alone at her own advancement that her doctor alike advised blockage for ovarian cancer.
“It’s a phenomenon that Connie is accomplishing as able-bodied as she is, because it was at date III back it was activate — and it apparently went from date I to date III while they were aggravating to amut her for added things, because it’s actual aggressive,” he notes.
The area for the account will bench 800 people, says Molton, “and if aloof one being says, ‘Hmmm, I’ve had this ertive symptom,’ or ‘Oh, there’s a history